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Errol Morris Talks Tabloid and Other Strange Topics

Errol Morris's Tabloid was one of my fave films at the Toronto Film Festival, from which Sundance Selects eventually acquired the truth-is-stranger than-fiction doc. It's screening at SXSW. Morris discovered the nugget of this story, about Joyce McKinney and her obsessive love with a man she tries to save from a cult, buried in the jump of a Boston Globe article. Only Morris would see the potential in it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2011 7:55 AM
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Tribeca 2011: Spotlight, Cinemania and ESPN Sports Film Festival Lineups

The Tribeca Film Festival, in its tenth year, runs April 20 - May 1. Of the lineup for its Spotlight and Cinemania programs, as well as its special screening and ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup (below) programming director David Kwok says: “Now that the majority of the program has been announced I believe you will see the rich variety and quality of the films and talent that we are presenting at Tribeca this year. The program is about both discovery and showcasing a broad range of filmmaking to our eclectic and diverse audiences who are passionate about film.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 14, 2011 3:59 AM
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Do Something Reel Film Festival Travels USA To Support Green Filmmaking

Whole Foods Markets' Do Something Reel Film Festival will launch April 1. In celebration of Earth Month, the festival will travel to 70 cities across America with six films to help remind audiences of the small changes they can make to benefit the planet, while also supporting environmental "green" filmmaking.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 14, 2011 3:44 AM
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Fandor Streams Indie Video: Sundance Meets Netflix

Fandor Streams Indie Video: Sundance Meets Netflix
Finally, the promise of streaming movies has become a practical reality, from Amazon to Netflix. But as multiple indie sites come and go (from Jaman and Mubi to Spout), on the eve of SXSW, a new indie site launches Wednesday, Fandor, that promises a better subscription indie streaming service via its website and Facebook. For $10 a month, you can browse, sample, clip and stream its library of 2500 films, from Fritz Lang and Maya Deren classics to Alex Cox and Derek Jarman indies or Sundance docs. (Shorts are in the mix too, especially as a mobile app comes online.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2011 4:58 AM
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Festival News: Provincetown Honors Aronofsky & Farmiga, Tribeca Lineup, Dallas Honors Ann-Margret

Festival News: Provincetown Honors Aronofsky & Farmiga, Tribeca Lineup, Dallas Honors Ann-Margret
This year's Provincetown International Film Festival, which will showcase 50 films June 15-19, will honor Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) with its Filmmaker On The Edge Award, and actress-director Vera Farmiga (Higher Ground) with the Excellence in Acting Award. Executive director Gabby Hanna says each of them "represent the spirit and artistic voice of what filmmaking is today.” More information on the festival is here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 7, 2011 8:30 AM
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SXSW 2011: Billy Bob Thornton's Willie Nelson Doc King of Luck To Close Fest, New Titles

SXSW 2011: Billy Bob Thornton's Willie Nelson Doc King of Luck To Close Fest, New Titles
The SXSW Film Fest closer on March 19 is Billy Bob Thornton’s The King of Luck (pictured), a documentary about country actor/singer/activist Willie Nelson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2011 7:58 AM
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Tribeca 2011: Opens with Crowe's The Union, Elton John and Leon Russell's Musical Collaboration

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival will open on April 20 with the world premiere of Cameron Crowe's The Union, about the musical collaboration of Leon Russell and Elton John, who will perform after the outdoor screening at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza. The Union began shooting in 2009, following John's writing and recording of his collaborative album with Russell, the man who was his idol early in his career. T-Bone Burnett produced the film. The festival, in its tenth year, runs through May 1.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2011 7:28 AM
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Women In Film's Film Finishing Fund in its 26th Year: Now Accepting Applications

The Women in Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund is accepting applications now through April 29 for cash grants and production services for films by, for and about women. Founded in 1985, the WIFF FFF has given more than $2 million in cash and in-kind services to some 170 films. For the third year, Netflix is sponsoring the fund and offering distribution consultation in addition to the cash prizes. According to Netflix's Content Acquisition VP Cindy Holand, "WIF is a critical force behind the success of some of Hollywood’s most innovative minds."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 2, 2011 4:58 AM
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Oscars 2011: Red Carpet Videos: Directors Hooper, Ferguson, Fox, Junger, Granik, Walker

Best Picture & Director Winner: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 10:34 AM
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Live at Oscars: Strangers No More Wins Doc Short, God of Love Wins Live Short, Inside Job Wins

"Three years after a horrific financial crisis, not a single financial executive has gone to jail and that is wrong," says Charles Ferguson as he accepts the Oscar for Inside Job. The front-runner won over upstart Exit Through the Gift Shop, depriving Oscar watchers of seeing who would accept the award for Banksy. This is a case of gravitas winning out over a more whimsical film about art. Gift Shop likely benefited from the Brit street artist's graffiti postings in the weeks before the Oscars, which were well-covered by the media, but probably was hurt by Banksy's interview proxy, the wacky subject of his movie, Mr. Brainwash. If anything the movie that was moving up on the outside was Lucy Walker's Waste Land, another movie about art.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 3:14 AM
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